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Chowdhury, Dr. Sukanta

Emerging Infections
Infectious Diseases Division
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“My work on the risk and emergence of zoonotic diseases is crucial in addressing public health threats originating from animals.”

I have always been very interested and fascinated by science and animals, which is why I pursued a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Chittagong. After graduation, I knew I wanted to work to address the public health threats that originate from animals, and this led me to joining icddr,b in 2009 as a Research Fellow. Currently, I am working as an Associate Scientist and team lead for Zoonotic Diseases Research Group (ZDRG), Programme for Emerging Infections, Infectious Diseases Division. My primary research interests are focused on epidemiology of zoonotic diseases at the animal-human interface, infectious diseases surveillance, antimicrobial resistance, food safety, public health advocacy, and One Health. I have completed my PhD in veterinary epidemiology and I have more than 10 years research experiences on zoonotic diseases research, food safety, AMR and One Health, having published more than 20 research articles in the peer reviewed journals as a first author and co-author. I am a member of the North South University Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to provide expertise on matters of animal health and welfare, including proper use of laboratory animals in public health research. My career goal is to become an influential leader in the field of infectious diseases research at human-animal interface.

Why I work at icddr,b:

icddr,b has an unique One Health research platform where a group of researchers from diverse background from veterinary, medical, epidemiology, microbiology, parasitology, anthropology, sociology and statistics. We are working together to address the public health threat that originate from animals.

Future Plans:

I will continue to conduct research at the human–animal interface to estimate zoonotic diseases burden, exploring transmission dynamics and identifying risk factors through a One Health approach.

2020 - till date

Associate Scientist, Programme for Emerging Infections, Infectious Disease Division icddr,b


PhD, Epidemiology, Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University

2016 - 2020

Assistant Scientist, Programme for Emerging Infections, Infectious Disease Division icddr,b

2012 - 2015

Research Investigator, Centre for Communicable Diseases, icddr,b

2011 - 2012

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Communicable Diseases, icddr,b

2009 - 2011

Research Fellow, Programme for Infectious Diseases and Vaccine Sciences, icddr,b


Project veterinarian, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of United Nations


Livestock Manager, Bangladesh Extension Education Services


MS, Veterinary Medicine, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh


DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh